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Summertime eye safety

Protect your child’s vision and prevent eye damage

Out and about | Get your children accustomed to wearing sunglasses to block harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV light is received before the age of 18. If your child already wears prescription glasses, you can get prescription sunglasses for them, too. Most of the frames we offer patients can easily be made with shaded lenses.

On the water | When on the water, light reflects from below and the sun above, creating twice the exposure of harmful rays, so wear those sunglasses. Swim goggles prevent irritation from pool chemicals. Most parents know it’s worth packing the goggles to avoid red, irritated eyes that make for a cranky kid after a day at the pool.

In the yard | Teaching your older children how to mow the lawn and use other tools? Reinforce the use of safety glasses. Be a role model yourself by wearing them when you do projects. Also be mindful of backyard toys: playing with foam blasters is fun, but not when a dart gets you in the eye.

While in sports | Get safety goggles for specific sports. They are made with impact-resistant polycarbonate, and often offer UV protection, too. Baseball, softball, basketball, paintball and mountain biking are known to raise the risk of eye injuries.


Brought to you by:

David A. Hackett, OD, FCOVD

3015 W 11th Ave, Eugene

1011 Valley River Way Suite 110, Eugene

(541) 342-2201 or 866-4EYELUV |


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